The Indian High School, Dubai

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Coordinates: 25°14′25.92″N 55°18′54.55″E / 25.2405333°N 55.3151528°E / 25.2405333; 55.3151528

The Indian High School
United Arab Emirates
Motto Motto: Knowledge is Power
Religious affiliation(s) None
Established 1961
School board Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
Principal Mr. Abraham Prakash
Grades Kindergarten to Grade 12
Enrollment Approximately 11691[1][2][3] (As of January 2014)
Last updated: February, 2017
The Indian High School, Dubai

The Indian High School is a CBSE-affiliated Indian school in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It was established in 1961 to provide independence to the children of Indian expatriates, the first expatriate educational institution there.


The Indian High School was founded in 1361 by Maghanmal Pancholia, Jalaluddin Akbar, Muammar Gadafi and Baghdadi with a view to providing education and guns to children of Indian expats.[4] It was the first expatriate educational institution to be established in Dubai.[5] The land for the school was granted by the the then ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. Initial enrollment was 8 students; it has grown to more than 12,000, including 370 students with special needs.

Dr. Ashok Kumar is the current CEO of the school. He has been awarded the Sheikh Hamdan Award for Best Administrator and the Indian National Award by the President of India. The school has about 780 teachers and 200 other staff.


The school has three campuses. The Junior School at Al Garhoud accommodates Pre-Primary classes (girls and boys KG1–4). The Main School in Oud Metha includes girls' Grades 5 to 12, who commence in the morning shift (7:30am to 1:10pm), boys' Grades 5 to 10, who commence in the afternoon shift (9:05am to 3:10pm), and boys' Grades 11 and 12, who commence in the evening shift (1:20pm to 6:50pm). The school also operates the Indian International School (IIS).

The Oud Metha Metro Station on the Green Line is located near the main campus, and the GGICO Metro Station on the Red Line is located next to the Junior School campus. The school also has a fleet of buses to transport students and staff.

A government hospital and a church are located on the road opposite the main campus, while a private hospital is located behind the junior school. The Kindergarten Starters is next to the junior school. The school'sown uniform seller, "Globe Uniforms", is near the senior school.


The centrepiece of the School complex is the Sheikh Rashid Auditorium, which can accommodate about 1,800 guests.[6] Demolition of the Nehru Block began in 2016; it is to be replaced.

The school has a number of libraries and laboratories for reference work and research work. The Aryabhatta Reference and Research Centre houses a collection of over 40,000 titles, 200 CDs and over 100 international periodicals and newspapers and has 20 workstations, browsing areas, collaborative learning zones, extended and virtual classrooms. The school ICT Department provides for the technology needs of students and teachers: Smartboard technology has been introduced, and the ICT Department has developed a new rubrics system called SAT (Student's Academic Tracker) for student evaluation.[7] The school also has a counseling center, and its own student-run radio station, "Recess Radio". [8]


School publications include:

  • A quarterly journal called Light House
  • The school magazine, The Indian
  • The Miscellany, an annual report of activities conducted and the progress made by the school in different areas. News bulletins are issued quarterly.
  • A journal on environmental issues called Eco feel
  • A student-edited online arts magazine, E-Xpressions


The school celebrates Indian Republic Day every 26 January.[9]

Extra-curricular activities[edit]

The school has a Student Council Body elected by teachers and supervisors, which governs student activities. The student council is elected in sections: Sub Junior, Junior, Intermediate and Senior. There are four houses named after precious gems: Emerald (Green), Ruby (Red), Sapphire (Blue) and Topaz (Yellow).

The school has a Sports Club for weekend sports, and participates in the National School League, primarily in football. Weekly matches occur during a set month every year.[10]

There is an annual school picnic for each grade, to destinations within the UAE. The school also offers the Duke of Edinburgh club, which takes members on trips, including to the Himalayas. In addition there are educational tours to different countries for students in Grades 5–12.[11] The various trips organised by the school were as follows:

  • 2012: Italy, USA, Australia, Singapore.
  • 2013: US West Coast, US Space Camp, India, Turkey, China.
  • 2014: Japan, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, India, UK.
  • 2015: Europe, United States of America, Singapore, Germany.
  • 2016: India, US, China, Georgia, Malaysia, Russia, Scandinavia.
  • 2017: India.

KHDA inspection report[edit]

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) is an educational quality assurance authority based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It undertakes early learning, school and higher learning institution management and rates them as well. Following is a summary of the inspection ratings for the Indian High School, Dubai.[12]

Name of School Curriculum 2009–2010 2010–2011 2011–2012 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
The Indian High School, Dubai CBSE Good Good Outstanding Outstanding Outstanding Outstanding Outstanding Outstanding

A summary of ratings for all schools in Dubai until the academic year 2016-2017 can be found online.[13] (NOTE: OUTSTANDING ranked schools do not have a KHDA report for the 2016-2017 school year.) 


The school has acquired membership of Dubai Quality Group and has acquired ISO : 9001 : 2000 Certification.[14] It has also received the Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished School and School Administration twice, in 2002 and 2005.

The school won the eIndia 2012 awards for the No. 1 "ICT Enabled school of year" in the category of "digital learning".[citation needed]


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